Whether you're at coworker, high school, or college, grades are an important factor in measuring your success. Good grades will open many doors for you in the future. You can improve and maintain them by studying, but that's not the only way. There are other little things you can do to improve your grades, including making daily habit changes at home and at school.
Method 1 of 3: Develop good daily habits
Step 1. Attend all classes
It can be very easy to skip one or two classes, but by participating in all the classes you ensure two things: you will earn points for participation (if your teacher gives any) and you will have a better chance of remembering. what is taught during the lessons.
Step 2. Sit in the front row
You're not going to sit in the front row trying to become the teacher's darling, you are doing it to improve your chances of paying attention and remembering what you hear. You are less likely to be distracted by other students if you are seated in the front row.
Step 3. Resist the urge to use your computer for things unrelated to the course
If your class is in a computer room or if you bring your own computer or tablet to class, resist the temptation to use it for anything other than class.
- Close your email box and your social networks during class.
- If you are only using your computer for taking notes or viewing presentations, disconnect it from the Internet.
- Disconnecting from the Internet (and your emails and social networks) will help you resist the temptation to pay more attention to your computer than to what your teacher says.
- Any activity that is unrelated to the course should be avoided while you are in class. Use the time you spend in class paying attention to what the teacher says.
Step 4. Raise your hand
If you have a question in class, ask it. If you think you have the answer to the teacher's question, answer it. If your class attendance counts toward your grade, ask and answer questions to earn more points.
Your participation in class will also attract the attention of your teacher who will then get to know you and will consider you as a student who wants to learn
Step 5. Chat with the teacher
The best person who can help you get better grades is the person giving you grades. Make an appointment with your teacher to discuss your performance.
- Let your teacher know that you are unhappy with your grades and want to improve.
- Ask your teacher to point out to you the points where you are wrong. Also ask them to recommend areas where you need to pay attention.
Step 6. Complete homework for the designated day
Many teachers will give you homework for later, but they will take points away if you turn it in late. So, plan to hand in homework on time to make sure you earn as many points as possible for your efforts.
Step 7. Take classes you love
Chances are good that not all courses are compulsory. For the courses you can choose from, choose some that you like and want to study. If you like the subject that is being taught, it will be easier for you to go to class and you will remember the subject much easier.
Step 8. Get plenty of sleep
Scientific studies have shown that cramming before an exam or check-up the night before it does not work. You are actually more likely to pass the exam if you stop studying and go to bed instead of spending the night trying to remember everything before the exam.
- Teens should get eight to ten hours of sleep a night to be able to function effectively the next day.
- Children between six and thirteen need to get nine to eleven hours of sleep a night to function effectively the next day.
- Even though you might think you are going to benefit from a cup of coffee or a can of Red Bull, the caffeine you consume in the afternoon is going to make it hard for you to sleep at night. Try to drink caffeinated drinks only in the morning.
Method 2/3: Focus on the important things
Step 1. Reduce your stress level
Studying shouldn't stress you out. If you are stressed, it will be even more difficult for you to learn and remember what you are learning. Think about the reasons that cause you to be stressed and try to resolve them (i.e. eliminate them from your life).
For example, if you're stressed out about homework because you always do it at the last minute, set up a schedule. Give yourself plenty of time to complete your homework ahead of time to relieve any stress you may be feeling as a result
Step 2. Keep a positive attitude
If your grades aren't very good, it's easy to sink into negativity. Bad grades are disappointing, but just looking for a way to get better grades indicates you're trying to think more positively.
Recognize that your grades are not very good, but that you are trying to do your best to improve them. Start asking yourself how you are going to make things better instead of focusing on what you need to do now
Step 3. Ask yourself what you are not doing right
If your grades are lower than what you want or expect, chances are you're not doing what you should or you're doing something incorrectly. The best way to change it is to start by asking yourself what you're not doing right.
- If you already know what you're not doing well, great, you're on the right track!
- If you're not sure what you're doing wrong, dive into your education and grade history. Find a pattern or a sudden change.
- Have your grades never been very good or have they started to drop at some point?
- Is there a certain topic or task that you seem to have a hard time doing or that you feel is a general problem?
- Are there any reasons other than school that could be causing your problems? Is there anything in your life going on that could influence your grades?
Step 4. Pay attention to the signals your body is sending to you
The studies might not seem like a physical thing, but it can have a physical impact on your body. If your body and brain are telling you to take a break, you need to take a break. Get back to doing what you were doing when you feel better.
If you're tired and find that you can't focus on what you're learning, take a break. A 10-45 minute nap can improve your learning abilities
Method 3 of 3: Change study methods
Step 1. Make an effort to improve your note taking
Depending on the type of class you take, good note taking can be vital to your success. Take a look at your grades to see where you can improve.
- Make sure your notes are legible. If you can't read your own notes, you won't be able to use them.
- If you take notes by hand, type them on the keyboard after class to help you remember them and make them more readable.
- Make sure your notes are well organized.
- Keep a separate notebook or binder for all topics.
- Include titles and dates when classes start to help keep them in order.
- Use titles and captions so you can quickly flip through your notes and find what you're looking for faster.
- Use crayons or colored pens to highlight certain points.
Step 2. Use metaphors or analogies
When trying to remember complex concepts or ideas, don't try to memorize the concepts and ideas as they are, instead use metaphors and analogies and try to remember them.
- A metaphor is a word or phrase that has meaning, but is used to describe something in order to show the similarities between these two things. In other words, a metaphor is an object, activity, or idea that is used as a symbol.
- An analogy is a comparison between two things based on the fact that these two things are more or less the same.
- Here is an example of a metaphor: “the exam was a snap”.
- Here is an example of an analogy: “life is like a box of chocolates”.
Step 3. Mix visualizations with something more visceral
Sometimes it is not enough to visualize something. Instead, add things that you associate with your other senses like sounds, textures, sensations, or smells. When you're trying to remember something important, don't just visualize it, add something visceral to it.
For example, you might need to remember a pie chart that represents important information. Think of Camembert as cheese cut into pieces. Try to imagine the bigger parts like good Camembert and the smaller parts like stale Camembert that smells bad
Step 4. Imagine you have to explain something to a child
Simplify the idea or concept down to its most basic element to help you remember it. When trying to remember a difficult concept or idea, pretend you have to explain it to a five-year-old.
Step 5. Draw a diagram or mind map
This method starts out in a similar fashion to visualization, but instead of making an idea more visual, you relate that idea to other ideas or concepts using a mind map. The multiple ideas on the mind map can be pictures or diagrams representing these concepts.
Step 6. Create a story
It might be difficult to remember a lot of information by relying on memorization alone. Instead of just memorizing the information, try to make up a story. Make the story follow the concept or idea you're trying to remember.
Instead of a story, you can try acronyms. If you need to remember a list of things, use the first letter of each word to create a word that will be easier for you to remember
Step 7. Divide your work into small pieces
One of the best ways to learn a complex idea or concept is to break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Don't try to tackle a complex concept or idea, break your work into smaller pieces that you can review and learn separately.
- Many high schools provide specially designed centers for students to help them study more effectively. Take advantage of these centers when you want to improve your grades. Most of them offer free or very low cost services.
- While studying, use the following tips to help you study more effectively.
- Take frequent breaks. When you study, be sure to take breaks regularly and frequently. When taking a break, get up and move around, for example going for a walk, going out, etc.
- Stay well hydrated. Always have something to drink on hand, especially water.
- Study on a table or desk. You might be tempted to go home and decide to study on the couch, on the bed, or on the floor. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, there's a good chance you won't be able to concentrate effectively. You will also feel so comfortable that you might fall asleep.
- Focus on precision rather than speed. Sometimes you might get stressed out easily about a certain topic or you will reread it quickly or leave it for the last minute. Either way, you're likely going to give up precision in favor of speed. Instead, take your time to learn the subject properly.
- Make sure you focus on the accuracy of your studies rather than rushing to learn. The human brain is actually designed to speed you up when you already know something well.
- Precision means you don't wait until the last minute to study when you're going to feel too stressed out to take your time. Organize yourself effectively so that you have enough time to study slowly, but steadily.